So, I’m learning to sew.
It’s one of those things I have always wanted to learn to do, like horseback riding and cooking rice without adding an extra cup of water. In the seventh grade, I took Home Ec – back when they still had Home Ec, of course – and made the bossest hamburger pillow ever. I really enjoyed the sewing, but alas, having neither a sewing machine nor a crafty mother to guide my budding skills, my interest in sewing fell by the wayside. I have been jealous of those who can sew ever since, like my crafty friend who sews hand-made Halloween costumes for her whole family. It drives me nuts every time I have to pay an extra $15 to $25 to get a new pair of pants hemmed, and I always leave Jo-Ann Fabrics feeling bereft – all that fabric taunting me, and not a thing I can do a thing about it.
So when a co-worker recently announced that she was giving sewing lessons, I was right at the front of the line. My crafty friend, when she learned that I was going to take the aforementioned sewing lessons, literally reached into a pile of random junk in her garage and pulled out a fully functional and completely free sewing machine. And just days ago, my mother informed me that my recently deceased grandmother had left behind a bag of fabric and several vintage sewing patterns and now she knew exactly who to give it to.
It’s like it’s meant to be, me and sewing. And I have proof!
Behold! Pictures of my creations from my first lesson:
And look! I sewed in the zipper!
And behold, more pictures! This is the beginning of my first major and current project, which I started at my second sewing lesson – a somewhat but mostly inaccurate Roman stola costume.
Step 1: I pinned the pattern to the fabric.
Step 2: I cut out the pattern.
Step 3: I started hemming the sleeves on my brand-new-to-me sewing machine.
Ta-Da! My hems.
Exciting, huh? And that’s only the beginning! I will keep everyone updated as I work on the project, so stay tuned for more adventures in sewing!